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Design of a Model Base Framework for Model Environment Construction in a Virtual Geographic Environment (VGE)

School of Information Engineering, China University of Geosciences in Beijing, No. 29, Xueyuan Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100083, China
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2017, 6(5), 145; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi6050145
Received: 20 February 2017 / Revised: 21 April 2017 / Accepted: 27 April 2017 / Published: 4 May 2017
The model environment is a key component that enables a virtual geographic environment (VGE) to meet the scientific requirements for simulating dynamic phenomena and performing analyses. Considering the comprehensiveness of geographic processes and the requirements for the replication of model-based research, this paper proposes a model base framework for a model environment of a VGE that supports both model construction and modelling management, resulting in improved reproducibility. In this framework, model management includes model metadata, creation, deposition, encapsulation, integration, and adaptation; while modelling management focuses on invoking the model, model computation, and runtime control of the model. Based on this framework, to consider the problem of ever-worsening air quality, we applied the Linux-Apache-MySQL-Perl stack plus Supervisor to implement the model base to support a VGE prototype using professional meteorological and air quality models. Using this VGE prototype, we simulated a typical air pollution case for January 2010. The prototype not only illustrates how a VGE application can be built on the proposed model base, but also facilitates air quality simulations and emergency management. View Full-Text
Keywords: model environment; model base; virtual geographic environment (VGE); air quality management model environment; model base; virtual geographic environment (VGE); air quality management
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Zhang, C.; Ai, G.; Zheng, X.; Fang, K.; Li, J. Design of a Model Base Framework for Model Environment Construction in a Virtual Geographic Environment (VGE). ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2017, 6, 145.

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